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Groundhogs - Thank Christ For Groundhogs: The Liberty Years 1968-1972 (2010) 3CD Box Set

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Groundhogs - Thank Christ For Groundhogs: The Liberty Years 1968-1972 (2010) 3CD Box Set

Groundhogs - Thank Christ For Groundhogs: The Liberty Years 1968-1972 (2010) 3CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.18 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 460 Mb | Scans ~ 115 Mb | 03:21:03
Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock, British Blues | Label: EMI | # 50999 646271 2 0

2010 three CD set that contains their first five albums for Liberty Records (1968-72) plus bonus tracks. With a career that spans an impressive five decades, the Groundhogs are a veritable British Blues-Rock institution. With a line-up cemented around Peter Cruickshank on bass guitar, Ken Pustelnik on drums and fronted by singer, guitarist and principle songwriter Tony (T.S.) McPhee, this bluesy power trio were joined by harmonica toting Steve Rye for their full length debut, Scratching The Surface released on Liberty Records in 1968. With a reputation hard won by their incessant touring schedule, the band recorded Blues Obituary as a three piece in 1969, followed by Thanks Christ For The Bomb (1970), then hitting #5 with their most successful record, Split, in 1971 and rounded off by the fabulously titled Who Will Save The World? The Mighty Groundhogs (1972).

Tab Benoit - Night Train to Nashville (2008)

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Tab Benoit - Night Train to Nashville (2008)

Tab Benoit - Night Train to Nashville (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 400 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans ~ 32 Mb | 00:56:38
Modern Electric Blues, Swamp Blues, Louisiana Blues, Blues Rock | Telarc | # CD-83674

Tab Benoit has gone the live route before on his recordings, and he's smart to keep reminding listeners every so often that that's where he's at his best. Which is not to take away from Benoit's studio recordings, all of which – including last year's excellent Power of the Pontchartrain – are admirable showcases for his consistently solid blues guitar chops and gritty vocalizing. As on the last effort, Benoit is backed here by the New Orleans fixture Louisiana's Leroux, who provide the kind of muscular foundation that makes Benoit's funk that much funkier. They're all most at home when churning out a basic boogie like "Muddy Bottom Blues," one of a trio of songs on which Benoit and band are joined by Wet Willie's Jimmy Hall, and "Too Sweet for Me," which spotlights Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds on harp. But on the occasions when they lay low, like "Fever for the Bayou," with guest Jumpin' Johnny Sansome sailing on the accordion, Benoit finds a deeper connection with the soul of New Orleans, a soul that, in this post-Katrina age, we all need to connect with more than ever.

Robben Ford - Keep On Running (2003)

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Robben Ford - Keep On Running (2003)

Robben Ford - Keep On Running (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 416 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb | Scans included
Label: Concord Records | # CCD-2187-2 | Time: 00:49:07
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Jazz-Blues, Blues-Rock

On his second album for the Concord Jazz label, guitarist Robben Ford stays pretty much to the formula of Blue Moon from 2001. He concentrates on playing, singing, and covering great songs (and even writes a few) with interesting arrangements, inspired solos, and crisp, clean production that lets the song shine through the players. Much has been made of Ford's eclecticism and that is reflected in his choice of material here, though he never strays from the blues or R&B into jazz or fusion. Ford's selection of session players reflects his divergent interests as well: Edgar Winter appears on saxophone, while John Mayall and Ivan Neville guest along with horn bosses Bob Malach and Dan Fornero and Ford's road band. Opening the set with the title track, written by soul man Jackie Edwards, Ford lays out his formula immediately: a tight horn chart for tenor and baritone saxes, as well as trumpet; a crystal clear, expressive vocal delivery; and Ford's signature stinging guitar in the solo break lifts proceedings off on the up tip.

Tab Benoit with Louisiana's Leroux - Power Of The Pontchartrain (2007)

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Tab Benoit with Louisiana's Leroux - Power Of The Pontchartrain (2007)

Tab Benoit with Louisiana's Leroux - Power Of The Pontchartrain (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb
Label: Telarc | # CD-83654 | Time: 00:52:42 | Scans ~ 98 Mb
Modern Electric Blues, Swamp Blues, Louisiana Blues, Blues-Rock

Louisiana journeyman swamp rocker Tab Benoit has been churning out an album a year since at least 2002, and between them he stays on the road playing every festival, club, and bar that'll have him. It would seem inevitable that the quality of these studio recordings would decline. But, at least as of 2007's Power of the Pontchartrain, that isn't the case. If anything, this might be the best of a very good lot, as Benoit again teams with Louisiana's Le Roux group (who once backed legend Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and helped on Benoit's previous release) for another 52-minute wade through muggy yet taut bayou blues. Part of the reason Benoit's recent albums are so strong is that he doesn't insist on playing original material, instead cherry-picking nuggets rearranged to suit his approach. This works particularly well here since he unearths terrific, often obscure material from writers such as Julie Miller (two tracks), David Egan (two others), and even Stephen Stills (a not entirely necessary "For What It's Worth").

Dr. John - The ATCO Albums Collection 1968-1974 (2017) Remastered 7CD Box Set

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Dr. John - The ATCO Albums Collection 1968-1974 (2017) Remastered 7CD Box Set

Dr. John - The ATCO Albums Collection 1968-1974 (2017) 7CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.79 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 883 Mb | Scans included
Label: ATCO Records/Rhino | # 081227933876 | Time: 04:21:46
Louisiana Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Bayou Funk, Blues-Rock, Psychedelic

Dr. John, a six-time Grammy® Award winner and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (2011) began his solo career in 1968 on ATCO Records, where he released seven albums that introduced classics like “Iko Iko”, “Right Place, Wrong Time”, and “Such A Night”. Rhino will explore Dr. John’s early days with a new seven-CD set that follows his evolution from a psychedelic, voodoo witch doctor to a celebrated interpreter of New Orleans standards. All seven studio albums have been remastered for the first time. The set features: Gris-Gris (1968), Babylon (1969), Remedies (1970), The Sun, Moon & Herbs (1971), Dr. John’s Gumbo (1972), In The Right Place (1973), and Desitively Bonnaroo (1974).

Robben Ford - Supernatural (1999)

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Robben Ford - Supernatural (1999)

Robben Ford - Su p ern a tu ral (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 404 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb
Label: Blue Thumb/GRP/Universal | # BTD-7596 | Time: 00:58:10
Modern Electric Blues, Blues-Rock, Jazz-Rock, Jazz-Blues

When an artist records one type of music exclusively for years, it's always amusing to hear the artist's manager, record company or publicist claim that he/she "defies categorization." The fact is that when an artist spends his or her entire career recording a specific style of music, categorization comes easy – and it's silly and dishonest to claim otherwise. But if any artist really does defy categorization, it's Robben Ford. The eclectic singer/guitarist is a compelling bluesman, but he's equally convincing as a jazz improviser and a pop/rock singer. On Supernatural, Ford's primary role is that of an easygoing pop/soft rock singer – although a pop/soft rock singer who often incorporates soul, blues or jazz.

Robben Ford - A Day In Nashville (2014)

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Robben Ford - A Day In Nashville (2014)

Robben Ford - A Day In Nashville (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 102 Mb | Scans ~ 91 Mb | 00:44:12
Modern Electric Blues, Blues-Rock, Jazz-Blues | Label: Provogue | # PRD 7432 2

2014 release from the Blues/Jazz/Rock guitarist. A Day In Nashville was recorded live in a single session. Robben chose to record the album in a controlled environment but treat it like a live performance. The album features news songs by Ford along with 'Cut You Loose' by harmonica great James Cotton and 'Poor Kelly Blues' by Maceo Merriweather.

Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper - The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper (1969) Japanese Blue-spec CD 2, 2014

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Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper - The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper (1969) Japanese Blue-spec CD 2, 2014

Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper - The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper (1969) 2CDs
featuring Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop. Recorded in 1968
Japanese Blue-spec CD 2, Remastered Reissue 2014

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 553 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 198 Mb | Scans ~ 173 Mb | 01:25:31
Blues-Rock, Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Sony Records Int'l | # SICP 30453

The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper is a double album recorded at the Fillmore West venue; the album is a successor to the studio album Super Session, which included both Bloomfield and Kooper in addition to Stephen Stills, and had achieved commercial and critical success earlier in 1968. The performances, recordings and production cannot be described as flawless; in his sleeve notes, Kooper describes the difficulties of finding rehearsal space, Bloomfield's insomnia, and the failure of a vocal microphone during "Dear Mr Fantasy"; the track "I Wonder Who" is faded during a Bloomfield solo for no apparent reason. Nevertheless, the album remains an important, if raw, document of a live blues-rock performance of the period and, apart from its intrinsic qualities, is notable not only for one of the earliest live recordings by Carlos Santana but also for Bloomfield's debut as a vocalist. Whilst he is not historically noted in this role, in "Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong", according to Kooper, "he displays consummate homage to the traditional guitar-voice trade-offs; a lesson in phrasing and understanding."

Maria Muldaur - Steady Love (2011)

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Maria Muldaur - Steady Love (2011)

Maria Muldaur - Steady Love (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 414 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included | 00:56:40
Contemporary Blues, R&B, Blues-Rock | Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1346

The sounds of New Orleans have always been in Maria Muldaur's blood and catalog. Dr. John appeared on her first solo album back in 1974 and she arguably hit a career high point on her first full-fledged love letter to the city, 1992's Louisiana Love Call. She returns to the Crescent City for this 2011 release, employing veteran New Orleans keyboardist Dave Torkanowsky as musical director and "facilitator" and returning to the swampy "Bluesiana music" sound that includes heavy doses of gospel and blues along with touches of jazz, soul, and funk. This is a major shift from her past two acoustic jug band releases and plays to her sultry strengths as a vocalist who can convincingly sing any style of music she feels passionate about. Muldaur revisits a few tracks she has previously recorded (an earlier version of "As an Eagle Stirreth in Her Nest" was included on 1976's Sweet Harmony) but with a band that features guitarist Shane Theriot and Subdudes bassist Johnny Allen, they and the rest of the handpicked material boil with fresh enthusiasm.

Johnny Winter - Guitar Slinger (1984)

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Johnny Winter - Guitar Slinger (1984)

Johnny Winter - Guitar Slinger (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 91 Mb | Scans ~ 132 Mb
Label: Alligator Records | # ALCD 4735 | Time: 00:39:52
Electric Blues, Slide Guitar Blues, Blues-Rock

Guitar Slinger is an album by guitarist and singer Johnny Winter. Released in 1984, it was his first studio album in four years, and his first album for Alligator Records. Guitar Slinger was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.

Johnny Winter - The Winter of '88 (1988)

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Johnny Winter - The Winter of '88 (1988)

Johnny Winter - The Winter of '88 (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 125 Mb | Scans ~ 79 Mb
Blues-Rock, Electric Blues | Label: MCA | # MCAD 42241 | Time: 00:54:31

Johnny Winter returns to major-label distribution for the first time in eight years with The Winter of '88, released by Voyager Records via MCA. This is a project produced and engineered by Terry Manning, who also contributed some keyboards, and Manning's intent seems to have been to move Winter in a more commercial direction, specifically toward the synth-enhanced boogie of ZZ Top. That effect is particularly notable on the lead-off track, "Close to Me," and on "Show Me"; otherwise, Manning is more subtle. Still, after three straight blues albums for the independent Alligator Records label, Winter had established a pure blues pedigree, and a move back toward the mainstream may not sit well with his more purist fans. It isn't really that overt, for the most part, but this is clearly a more highly produced, more commercially intended record than any Winter has made since he left the CBS Records subsidiary Blue Sky after Raisin' Cain in 1980.

VA - The Perfect Blues Collection: 25 Original Albums (2011) 25 CD Box Set

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VA - The Perfect Blues Collection: 25 Original Albums (2011) 25 CD Box Set

VA - The Perfect Blues Collection: 25 Original Albums (2011) 25 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 6.3 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 3 Gb | Scans included
Label: Sony Music | # 886977200922 | Time: 18:49:52
Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz-Blues, Gospel, Blues-Rock

25 CD box set. Following the model of The Perfect Jazz Collection, this format comes in a cube lift off lid box, holding 25 original albums by 25 different artists. All original albums are replicated in mini jacket sleeves. This excellent value package, contains albums by legendary performers from the Blues genre ranging from 1951-2003; across some real classic albums, from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Taj Mahal, Etta James and many others.

Johnny Winter - 3rd Degree (1986)

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Johnny Winter - 3rd Degree (1986)

Johnny Winter - Third Degree (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 269 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 101 Mb | Scans ~ 85 Mb
Blues Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Boogie Rock | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4748 | 00:44:06

After two stellar sets for the independent blues label Alligator Records, Johnny Winter wisely changes things up on his third Alligator LP. He brings in Dr. John to play organ on "Love, Life and Money" and, more prominently, piano on "Tin Pan Alley." He plays a National steel guitar on "Bad Girl Blues" (a blues about lesbians!) and uses his slide with another National on "Evil on My Mind." And, most significant, he reunites with his old rhythm section of bass player Tommy Shannon and drummer Uncle John "Red" Turner (with whom he played from the late ‘60s to 1970) on "See See Baby," "Shake Your Moneymaker," and "Broke and Lonely." Particularly on those three tracks, he sounds like the blues-rock singer/guitarist who garnered so much attention when he first emerged from Texas as an "overnight" national star in 1969. Those days have passed, but Winter has matured into a dependable blues musician able to shine in a variety of styles and bring out the best in his fellow musicians.

Johnny Winter - Saint And Sinners (1974) + Johnny Dawson Winter III (1974) 2 LP on 1 CD, Remastered 2007

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Johnny Winter - Saint And Sinners (1974) + Johnny Dawson Winter III (1974) 2 LP on 1 CD, Remastered 2007

Johnny Winter - Saint And Sinners (1974) + Johnny Dawson Winter III (1974)
2 LP on 1 CD, Remastered 2007

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 522 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 183 Mb | Scans ~ 149 Mb | 01:19:56
Blues-Rock, Classic Rock, Electric Blues, Boogie Rock | Label: BGO | # BGOCD 766

2007 digitally remastered two-fer from the Blues guitarist featuring a double dose of classic Winter on one shiny CD. Both albums were released during the height of his commercial success in 1974 and feature blistering Blues and Classic Rock in it's finest and most furious form.

John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers - Road Dogs (2005)

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John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers - Road Dogs (2005)

John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers - Road Dogs (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 460 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans ~ 80 mb
Genre: British Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Eagle | # ER 20069-2 | Time: 01:10:53

Road Dogs is a studio recording by British Bluesman John Mayall with the Bluesbreakers. With 71 minutes of Mayall's sturdy blues rock, the album's 15 tracks cover a wide variety of ground, from the slow, deliberate pace of 'Road Dogs' to the shuffle of 'Burned Bridges' to the laid back 'Beyond Control'.